News from April Kirk Session

The Kirk Session meets first Monday of the month.  Their April meeting included the following discussion and decisions.

  • We are looking forward to the reception of new members during the 11 am service on April 17th.
  • Voting for new elders begins April 17th and runs until May 1st. Many thanks to those of you who submitted nominations and all who prayerfully considered the calling to eldership. We are glad to have 11 nominations, all fully supported by the Kirk Session. Addressed envelopes containing ballots will be made available during worship on April 17th with any not picked up then being mailed on April 18th.
  • St. Andrew’s is hosting the Presbytery of Ottawa meeting on April 19th.  All are welcome.
  • The annual Women’s Retreat is April 30th at Gloucester Presbyterian Church.  This is an opportunity for women of all ages in the congregation to take time out together and enjoy a day of fellowship.
  • The Congregation has now with gratitude received a final payment in the bequest from the estate of the late Bob Swift.
  • The Minister received the endorsement of the Session for a significant grant to the Emergency Food Centre from the Lulu Aileen Philips Fund. This grant will support a lunch program for single mothers and their children during the summer when the regular school breakfast and lunch programs are not available.
  • The Kirk Session approved a joint arrangement with Knox Church for the support of St. Andrew’s next refugee sponsorship.  Rana K. who we are sponsoring will live with the Tayer family being sponsored by Knox.
  • In response to concerns about environmental stewardship as well as to save costs, photocopies of Large Print Hymnals will no longer be made. The hymnals themselves will be available in either narthex ahead of worship.
  • Bulletins and some other publications of the church are now largely being printed in black and white as opposed to colour, this represents a cost savings of about $3000 a year. Colour will still be used on some special occasions.
  • The wedding policy was revised to welcome the celebration of marriage at St. Andrew's of children and grandchildren of members.
  • The Minister and Clerks were authorized to initiate a special service of "communal mourning" for the Christian community in times of particular sorrow and tragedy.